Roxanne Modafferi

The Happy Warrior

support Fukushima- eat radiated food

Posted in earth quake and aftermath on August 31st, 2011 by roxyfighter

I picked up a rice ball at the convenience store. Mmmmm One of my greatest joys of the day is choosing which flavor of rice ball I’m gonna have.

As I was standing outside in the nice warm sunshine chewing, I idly examined the package. There was a new image printed onto the plastic wrapping. It said, “Made with rice from Fukushima. Let’s support Fukushima’s people!” (Fukushima wo ouen shimashou!)

I stood there chewing.
And I thought.
“Oh. Fukushima rice. Support Fukushima……..WHAT?!”

I was seriously disturbed for the rest of the day. One one hand, the economics of Fukushima are going to hell because not only do some people have no homes and no jobs, but the surrounding farmers trying to make a living are getting their animal meat and produce banned because there’s radiation detected in it. They can’t make a living.

But…um….that’s because THERE IS RADIATION IN SOME OF THE FOOD. Last time I checked, that was a bad thing? So….does that mean I should be like “Weeeeee I’m gonna munch down your radiation-tainted rice balls, because I’m ready to sacrifice my body so that the economics of Northern Japan can survive.

THEN I read THIS ARTICLE on Twitter:
Yokohama mums against radiation: The fight to remove contaminated food from the school menu
Yokohama mums against radiation

Late last week, the Japanese government lifted a ban on shipments of beef from Fukushima, bringing minor relief to farmers whose livelihoods were threatened by the discovery in late July that over 4,000 kilograms of cesium-contaminated beef had hit the shelves at Japan’s supermarkets. Toshiko a housewife from Yokohama, began studying all she could about the known effects of radiation on the human body.

To paraphrase, she asked her daughter’s school if they were buying produce from west of Japan, and they said no, they always used Fukushima produce in school meals and had no intention of stopping because it would cause economic damage and suffering to the region if they altered their policy.

All the parents finally were outraged.
‘I think it’s an awful national habit that we Japanese have,’ she continues. ‘During the war, Japanese people would willingly sacrifice themselves if it was beneficial for the country. That was the norm, the virtue. That mentality lives on. The government has passed the buck to the people of Japan, saying, “Please eat the Fukushima vegetables. Poor Fukushima people. They need your help.” Yes, of course we have to help the industries and economy of Fukushima, but is it okay for our children to eat that produce, get sick and die young? Should we let them develop cancer? That’s a completely different argument.’

Okay, I can’t believe this!! I always check produce and where stuff comes from in the grocery stores….but I actually didn’t believe that I’d find anything from Fukushima, but apparently there IS stuff everywhere.

On top of that, I’ve been seeing advertisements for sight-seeing spots in Northern Japan, saying, “Let’s enjoy the beauty of Northern Japan and support Fukushima at the same time!”

Right. Have fun with that up there. I ain’t goin’ up there for MY vacation. Reports have already come out that say areas the government said were fine, were actually contaminated with high levels of radiation. The government is trying to raise the minimum safety limit. Um, IS THAT A GOOD THING? NO. The radiation is still dangerous, and raising the limit means that officials can say “Well, it’s below the limit!” So that means if I can only bench press 100 pounds 5 times, my coach says “I’ve now decided that you can lift 120 pounds 5 times. SO what’s wrong with you, hurry up and lift it.”

That doesn’t change the fact I’m gonna strain myself.

;_; It’s such a sad situation.

Ganbarou Nippon

weight-lifting and heart rates

Posted in every day, training on August 30th, 2011 by roxyfighter

I do what I call “weight lifting session” and “semi-sessions.” (I made this up just now).

I try to have ‘weight lifting sessions’ at the gym, where I use the machines and gym equipment twice a week, but it usually turns out to be once, if I have my usual load of sparring and participating in class. Semi-sessions are when I train at home using my own body weight, like sit ups, push-ups, stairs, other calisthenics with 12 lb dumbells I have. I do these like every other day, so I might not be making huge gains, but I’d like to think I upkeep my body that way.

When I’m hurt, I go to the actual gym like every other day. So I hurt my foot so I’ve been going a lot, and I keep running into this really nice Gold’s Gym trainer. He can speak a little English and I’ve been making him practice. 😀 He’s been really helpful lately in giving me advice. Actually, the other day I was complaining to him about the fact that the Heart Rate meters on the machines don’t seem to register my heartrate, and he recommended this iphone Ap called “heart fitness.” It’s really good! You hold your index finger over the camera light and it reads your pulse! I’ve never really paid attention to my heart-rate before. When I’m laying down relaxing, my heart rate is like 35, and when I’m standing on the train, it’s like 60. I’m told that’s good…even too low, but it’s normal for me. I feel fine.

I’m sitting here munching on sea weed and chukuwa. Slade’s package of Tussle Stuff should be coming between 9 and 12, so I made a point to go to the gym from 7 to 8.

Today, the kids program head manager is coming down from HeadQuarters to monitor my kids lesson. Woooo! I hope the little 5 year old doesn’t bend the flash cards in half this time!

My foot feels better, so maybe I’ll go to sparring tonight at the AACC! (no maybe)


Posted in every day on August 29th, 2011 by roxyfighter

My foot still hurts so I had to skip training at Ground Slam. Really bummed…it’s not so serious and should go away by the end of the week, but arg it sucks. I did the eliptical machine and bike at the gym in the morning AND evening. I also lifted.

In the afternoon, I watched “Thor” (it was pretty good), and cleaned my apartment. Like, I cleaned it. I mean, I CLEANED! I sweapt, and moved boxes and stuff to get all the dust and dirt…and I found…SILVERFISH wtf *stomp stomp* See, I got a few bites and killed a spider on my wall yesterday morning, so my Mommy said I should do a major cleaning. I had extra energy from not sparring, so I cleaned and did chores. My place is pretty clean cuz I sweep and stuff regularly, but not behind the boxes in the corners. I never touch back there.

Then I limped to Roppongi to give Enson Inoue final donation money for his volunteer work, which is still continuing, if I’m correct.

anime geek-out time

Posted in amusing, fun on August 27th, 2011 by roxyfighter

I went to Gold’s Gym right after work at 6:30, intending to use the elliptical machine and bike to get my heart rate up for a bit, and then take part in the AACC grappling class.

I hopped on the elliptical and checked out the 5 TVs. Last time, I got to watch an episode of Dragon Ball Z kai, and was RIDICULOUSLY excited because A) I could understand everything without subtitles, which was my dream and what inspired me to study Japanese in the first place, B) I was watching DBZ IN JAPAN el natural the way everybody else watched it.

This time, I noticed this talk-show about anime seiyu (voice actors).

O_O oh!

So I stated watching. The seiyu themselves ranked themselves in the top 20 and talked about various things, like why they think each other are great, and other interesting things. IT WAS SOOOO fascinating! It was like a dream to me! omg! Like, Goku’s voice actress is Masako Nozawa, this 74- year old little old lady by now! But she did Goku’s voice on TV, and it was freaking awesome. She told us all sorts of stuff, like how once she broke the microphone in the booth by accident with the power of her voice. Her voice was chosen by Akira Toriyama himself (the writer of DBZ) by a sample, without him having seen her face, and she was so honored. Then Toriyama later told her that as he was drawing comics later in the series, he actually started hearing her voice doing his voice in his head. She said that it was the highest honor of all time to her.

As you all probably know, Ozawa-sama did not only Goku, but his son Gohan and grandson Goten. But sometimes they talked to each other in the series! According to her, they didn’t do the scenes separately and put them together afterwards….she did them at the same time, and just changed her voice on the spot! AMAZING TALENT. omfg. She also did multiple other anime characters, and the TV show brought up images of them, and had her do their voices one after the other! Like, she said in Goku’s voice, (in Japanese) “Hello, I’m Goku! There are a lot of people gathering here today! Oh, who’s that? Father, it’s me Gohan! Isn’t this great!? oh, I think there’s someone else over there, who is it? Hey who are you guys?” (someone else I didn’t know).

Such talent!

Krillin’s voice actress Mayumi Tanaka also does Luffy in One Piece. It’s SO cool to hear traces of their voices in her regular speaking voice. The audience asked her about any failures or bloopers, and she said that she tried out for this roll of …I forget what, it was famous, and didn’t get the roll. The whole audience was like “WHAT?” right, because she’s so famous and good. 🙂 She also told about how once in the studio, she was straining so much during a tension scene that she blew a big fart. The mic picks up everything, so they had to redo the scene. XD

I knew most of the voice actors they introduced in this show! Usoppo’s voice actor Kappei Yamaguchi ranked like 17 in the top 20. That guy has serious talent…I thought he’d be higher. Many of the anime were older, and a few I didn’t recognize. Most I’d at least heard of, even if I hadn’t seen them, like Slam Dunk or Tacchi? Some baseball anime? I’m not into sports anime unless it’s fighting sports.

So… I’m pumping and pumping on the elliptical and after like 15 minutes, I decide to switch to the bike. So I’m peddling and peddling….I’m trying to go fast to get my heart rate up, and only was going to go for another 15 minutes, but I was watching the show. ^_^;;; So I didn’t wanna get off. The show kept going and going. lol Before I knew it, an hour had past, and I’m like….damnit now it’s 7:30 and I wanna get off this thing, but I can only watch and listen to the headphones if I’m on one of these machines, so I couldn’t get off. LMAO So I peddle slower. x_X;; Got off, stretched, saw them introduce a new seiyu, and was like “OMG MUST HEAR” so I hopped back on. I did the bike/elliptical for over TWO HOURS. A boxing coach Saito-san who I made friends with happened to be walking by and said, “Are you cutting weight?” because I was sweating buckets. lol Well, yes and no…. I wanted to see number 1! Finally, at 8:00 they got to number two: Ozawa-sama! Number one was……..oh endure the pain…I waited over two hours for this! Are you ready?!?!Who could it possibly be? Seiyu selected by other Seiyu? Koichi Yamadera, Evangelion’s Kaji.

Huh u_U Yeah he’s good, but is he number 1? I was disappointed. -_-; Actually, he also voiced Jim Carry and Eddie Murphy in their various films dubbed into Japanese. He did Ranma and Tienshinhan, someone in Yattaman, Spike in Cowboy Bebop, Gojyo in Saiyuki, okay I guess he did a lot. I didn’t realize that (checks wiki).

Well anyway, I practically tottered off the bike, but my shin muscle still hurt to walk. I couldn’t really do the AACC class anyway, so it was good I got it all out on the bike. lol

That was the coolest awesomest show I’ve ever seen! XD Like a dream! DREAM!!! Oh oh *fan-girl heart eyes*

I saw Amanda Lucas fight in DEEP

Posted in fight, fun on August 26th, 2011 by roxyfighter

Yesterday, I worked a smattering of lessons from 8:00 AM, finishing at my day at the 4:00 kids class. Five 7-8 year olds.

Those little….rugrats. Yes. They shall be my “4 o’clock Rugrats.” I’m trying to show them how to do the activity book, but they keep chatting and not looking at me, and then do the activity wrong! Come on, kids…pay attention…..

So @_@; at the end, a few mothers had gathered, and I usually give out stickers, and then tell the mothers what we did, and what the homework was. Well, they refused to clean up, and the girls finally did after I physically started forcing them to do it. I had to try soooo hard not to be cross with them. Then I did my ritual goodbye with the girls, and they left. The boys were still chatting with themselves in Japanese, so I told the mothers (whosever mothers they were) “Amari shuuchuu dekinakatta desu.” which means, “They couldn’t really focus” and then left. -_-; ARG I’ll have to redo lesson 17 next time. I was way stricter today than I usually am. Next time, I’ll have to make more penalties…

So after that I went to Deep. I pulled a muscle in my leg, which isn’t serious but super annoying, so I was limping/thudding the whole way. Then the hip on the other side started to hurt more (has been hurting because I’m unbalanced). I pushed it hard on Thursday because I wanted to train at Ground Slam and made it worse.

I got to watch Amanda Lucas fight! She pretty much creamed Hikaru Shinohara. She mounted her and the Japanese girl could totally not move. Lucas was just hitting her and hitting her over and over, but she didn’t put her full body weight into it, so it wasn’t doing a lot of damage. Hikaru was defending her jaw area, so the punches bounced off her forehead and temple. That’s probably why the Japanese ref, who are notorious for stopping fights early, let it go on. Finally Amanda realized that the fight wasn’t gonna get stopped, so she transitioned to a beautiful arm bar. It was FULLY extended, but the Japanese wasn’t tapping. Her cornerman threw the towel- rightfully so, but she was so upset that stalked back to her corner and punched him as hard as she could. I’m told that he got a black eye. 🙁 I’m sure Lucas would have slowly stretched until it broke because Hikaru wouldn’t tap…I admire Amanda’s control in locking it in, slowly applying it, and giving her time to tap. I really do admire that. That’s what’s so beautiful about jiu-jitsu. ^_^

It was a great DEEP card, and I knew Miyazawa-san from K-Taro dojo who fought, but actually….I didn’t really pay attention to any other fights. :/ For me, a fight is a fight. I’m around fighting 24/7, so like meh. I should watch, I know….so I pretty much hung out with Amanda. I missed the main event. lol I took her and her group for sushi. After they went back, I took off.

Went to bed at 10:30. Woke up at 4. Aaarg 4….. *sigh* I’ve been trying to diet but haven’t seen any reduction in my weight yet. Hopefully the scales will tell soon… 🙁